"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what books he reads but what books he rereads." -Fransçios Mauriac
  1. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
    Through diagnosis and treatment for a lot of complicated medical issues, this book gave me hope. I found a way to keep moving forward in its pages. Saved my life.
  2. Lamb: The Gospel According to Jesus's Childhood Pal, Biff, by Christopher Moore
    A book that speaks to my sense of humor. A story that rings true in my heart.
  3. Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain
    Some love letters transcend their object - in this case, food. The description of forbidden, secret delights is one of the most explicitly sensual passages I've ever read.
  4. Feed, Deadline and Blackout, a trilogy by Mina Grant
    Virology, epidemic analysis, beautiful prose and a voice my best friend called eerily similar to my own, a world I don't want to leave with characters who live.
  5. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    There are never enough words to explain how a daughter whose mother died in baring her, whose father withdraws completely from the emotional life of his little girl.... how she fights for the attention of the men she loves, is never quite free of her step-sister's presence, and finds herself a very young widow/mother trying to carry the mantle of her lost loves.... how all that tumultuous internal strife disgorged itself into a ghost story she bore the rest of her life. Exquisite.
  6. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
    A strong woman, adored for her thoughts and ideas. Smart enough to leave, kind enough to return. Well written, well loved.
  7. Neverland: JM Barrie, Daphne du Maurier and the Dark Side of Peter Pan, by Piers Dudgeon
    The boy who voiced Disney's Peter Pan was fired from Disney because his voice changed and he got acne. He died a pauper, having put most of his earnings into drugs . He's buried in an unmarked grave. I never liked Peter Pan, and the original title of the book helped me pinpoint why: "Peter Pan: The Boy who Hated Mothers." This is an excellent history of the Barrie invasion that lead to Peter Pan, and the suicides/early deaths of the boys on which he was based.
  8. Isaac's Storm, by Erik Larsen
    Larsen's first book is a family story, and the tempest one man lived in for the rest of his life. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 decimated the population, and the life of one man in particular - Isaac.
  9. The Smartest Guys in The Room, by Bethany McLean
    The only time I have ever said that the movie is as good as the book. Well thought out, well written.